Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2012 about Politics and Sociology

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Friday 9th March 2012

  • Iranian Outlaws: Satire vs. Censorship

    by Saman Arbabi and Raina Kumra

    Saman Arbabi will use his signature wit to relate how the satirical TV program challenges the oppressive Iranian regime all the while influencing the direction of the country’s political landscape. The program, “Parazit,” has become a runaway hit in Iran despite the gov’s strict censorship practices. The program uses alternate channels of distribution to reach their audience which has driven the program further underground and contributed to its outlaw status and popularity. The show has so completely seeped into the Iranian psyche that the president and his supporters have launched a counter-Parazit program. Saman will give insight into their innovative methods of growing an audience that was previously all but unreachable. At SXSW, he will unveil his latest: "Weapons of Mouse Destruction," the largest global art project against government Internet censorship. Raina Kumra BBG Director of Innovation will open the session with an overview of closed media environments around the world.

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Friday 9th March

    In Room 12AB, Austin Convention Center

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